Piers Morgan questions Meghan and Harry’s decision to use Queen’s nickname ‘Lilibet’ for new baby
Piers Morgan has mocked the ‘irony’ of Harry and Meghan’s decision to use the Queen‘s nickname for their new baby daughter after the couple spent weeks ‘trashing the royal family and the monarchy’.
The Daily Mail Australia editor-at-large took aim at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after the couple announced the birth of Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on Sunday.
Whether the couple had consulted the Queen before using her pet moniker to name their second child – who was born on Friday evening British time – is unclear.
Morgan on Monday morning questioned the choice of baby name in the wake of Harry and Meghan’s explosive claims about the Royal Family during an Oprah Winfrey interview in March.
‘I think it’s quite ironic isn’t it,’ he said when asked by Today show host Karl Stefanovic what he thought of the name.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (pictured with their first child Archie in May 2019) have announced the birth of Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. MailOnline’s editor-at-large Piers Morgan has mocked the ‘irony’ of Harry and Meghan’s decision to use the Queen’s nickname ‘Lilibet’ for their new baby daughter
‘You have this couple who have been trashing the royal family and the monarchy for the last few weeks and they have named the baby after the Queen.’
Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, plunged the Windsors into crisis with the televised interview in March, when they accused an unnamed royal of making a racist remark about Archie’s skin tone and claimed the royals failed to help the duchess when she was suicidal.
Morgan – a fierce critic of the couple – said he wondered if the decision to honour the Queen was Harry and Meghan’s way of making peace with the Royal Family.
‘Maybe it’s their way of reaching out, as the Americans say, to the royals and wanting some kind of end to this on-running feud,’ he said.
Morgan, 56, then offered a few words of support to the couple – adding the birth of a child was not the right moment to put across a ‘negative slant’.
‘I always think when a new baby is born, I’ve had four myself it’s churlish to put any negative slant,’ he said.
Morgan pictured right on Monday morning appearing on the Today show. He has mocked the ‘irony’ of Harry and Meghan’s decision to use the Queen’s nickname ‘Lilibet’ for their new baby daughter
‘At such a moment. I wish them all the very best. There is four in the family now. I wish them every success and a long and happy life.’
On Sunday night, the delighted Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced: ‘On June 4, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili.
‘She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.’
The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a daughter named Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, after the family nickname for the Queen and the duke’s mother Princess Diana, who died in 1997. Pictured: Harry and Meghan in February
Lili – who is eighth in line to the throne – was born in Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, a private facility where births cost up to £20,000.
Omid Scobie, a journalist favoured by Harry and Meghan, tweeted that the couple would ‘not be sharing a photograph at this time’ of Lili and that they were now on ‘parental leave’.
He said the couple’s office was encouraging anyone who wanted to send gifts to support organisations working for women and girls.
Morgan on Sunday evening meanwhile sounded off Meghan, calling her a ‘downright liar’in an explosive interview with Stefanovicon 60 Minutes.
The 56-year-old sensationally left his GMB gig earlier this year, after a live war of words with the show’s weatherman Alex Beresford over Harry and Meghan.
Morgan had faced a severe backlash online after declaring he didn’t believe her claims during her blockbuster interview with Oprah Winfrey in March.
One of the major claims he took aim at was that the Duke and Duchess tied the knot three days before their official ceremony at Windsor Castle in 2018.
‘Well, that’s not true. They couldn’t have got married three days before they said they did because that would make the Archbishop of Canterbury a criminal,’ Morgan said.
‘There were a lot of things coming out of Meghan Markle’s mouth that I knew to be untrue.’
Mail Online editor-at-large Piers Morgan (pictured) has launched a fresh attack on cancel culture and the Sussexes in a heated interview on Australian TV
One of Piers Morgan’s biggest critics in Australia has been Karl Stefanovic (pictured)
‘I’m sorry to call her that but she tells lies… We’ve proven that,’ Morgan said about Meghan
‘I thought there were downright lies coming out of the interview and I saw my job to hold these two people to the same account I would hold a government minister.
‘For doing that, within 36 hours I had to leave the job.’
Unbeknownst to the morning TV host at the time, Markle had personally contacted the station’s top brass to complain about his criticism.
The bestselling author of ‘Wake Up: Why the World has Gone Nuts’ said nowadays your ‘not allowed to have strong opinions’.
Piers Morgan took issue with Markle’s claim she tied the knot with Harry three days before their official ceremony at Windsor Castle in 2018
‘You’re not allowed to disbelieve a liar like Meghan Markle. I’m sorry to call her that but she tells lies… We’ve proven that,’ he said.
Australian TV veteran Stefanovic has as times been one of Morgan’s fiercest critics in Australia and previously defended the young couple against Morgan’s attacks.
Talking about Morgan’s feud with Meghan, Stefanovic said in 2018: ‘I mean, what is that guy on? He’s lost the plot completely.
On Sunday night, Stefanovic asked Morgan if he’s just an ‘angry old man’ – triggering laughter from the media veteran
‘I don’t know how his poor co-host puts up with it. Imagine putting up with a dude like that who is so up himself and so egotistical that he would assume to say those things about her.’
‘It’s disgusting. You wouldn’t put up with it. He needs to go. He’s off the mark here.’
In Sunday night’s TV confrontation, Stefanovic asked Morgan if he’s just an angry old man’ – triggering laughter from the media veteran.
Morgan hit back by insisting that ‘freedom of speech is actually more important than the Meghan Markle debacle’.